Shelby County News

Week Ending December 18, 2014



Shelby County Historical Society
Celebrating 50 years… expanding horizons through knowledge, education and preservation


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Please make check out to Shelby County Historical Society, PO Box 1542, Center, TX 75935-1542
On the back of this card please drop us a note on items you would like to see addressed in 2015 whether it is an article in the newsletter, lectures, events or maybe a historic preservation issue.
Regular Membership:
 ___         Individual/Families:      $25

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___         Gold                            $250
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___         Bronze                         $  50
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Thank you for your continued support.

The Shelby County Historical Society and Museum is now asking for renewals and new memberships.  If you are not already a member or if you did not get our mailout last week, we would like to have you join and help the museum continue operation.  You can just print out this form or make up one of your own and mail it to us at:

Shelby County Historical Society
P. O. Box 1542
Center, Texas  75935




Charles Monroe “Chuck” Armstrong, 67, died on December 12, 2014 at Willis Knighton Medical Center North in Shreveport, Louisiana. Interment was in Tennessee Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born on July 3, 1947 in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana to parents Charles Monroe Armstrong, Sr. and Helen Louise Rutherford Armstrong. He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Brenda Harrison; Son, Charles Michael Armstrong. Survivors include, Wife, Alice Armstrong; Daughters, Shannon Menefee & husband, Mitch, Christy Boothe & husband, Jason; Brothers, Lloyd Armstrong & wife, Pat, Alan Armstrong & wife, Janie, Kevin Armstrong & wife, Janet, Keith Armstrong; Sister, Joyce Bailey & husband, Bob.
Online condolences can be sent at
Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas
Robert Joe Marshall, 49, of Timpson, Texas, died December 12, 2014, in Nacogdoches, Texas, following an automobile accident. He was born September 13, 1965, in La Plata, Maryland, to Jackson George Marshall and Glenda Jean Lobaugh Polk. He was preceded in death by, Stepfather, Jesse “Pops” Polk; Father, Jackson G. Marshall; Brothers, Jackson George “Jack” Marshall, Harry “Buck” Benson. Survivors include, Wife, Robin Beavers Marshall of Timpson; Mother, Glenda “Granny” Polk of Timpson; Son, James Travis Marshall of Timpson; Daughters, Jessica Lynn Marshall of Center, Eileen Marie Marshall & husband, Kevin of Carthage; Stepchildren, Amanda Muska & husband, Zach of Barbers Hill, Texas, Travis Goodrum of Timpson, Danielle Brown & fiance’ Reginald Davis III of Lubbock, Shelby Brown of Martinsville; Brothers, George Marshall, Jerry Marshall, George James “Jimmy” Curtin, Jr.; Sisters, Phyllis Defibaugh, Sue Peck, Rebecca Queen, Margaret Jean Hardman, Thrisa “Sue” Wolfe, Vi Ellen Arlene Bowers & husband, Frank.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Melva Darland “Mickie” Boyett Gibbs, 69, of Tenaha, died December 17, 2014 in Longview. Interment will be in Reeves-McMillan Cemetery, Panola County. She was born October 17, 1945 in Carthage to Lonnie Boyett and Edith Williams Boyett. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Bob Windham; Brothers, Thomas Boyett, Vernie Boyett; Sister, Maxine Barnhill & husband, Jerry. Survivors include, Children, Edith “Edie” Taylor of Deadwood, Bobby Windham of Diana, Terry Windham & wife, Teresa of Harleton, Andy Gibbs Jr. & wife, Tina of Tenaha; Sisters, Judy Dailey of DeBerry, Helen Graves of Bossier City, Louisiana; Brother, Lonnie Lee Boyett of Carthage.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Marjorie “ Margie” Neal Hooks, 94, of Center, died December 16, 2014. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born to Norman and Cassie Oliver Neal on January 10, 1920, in Patroon, Texas. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Jean Owens; Husband, Bernard Hooks. Survivors include, June Lynn Askew Steiner & husband, Al, Montie Askew Jones & husband, Deck of Center.
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center. Texas
Earnie Mae Goodwin, 65, formerly of Center, Texas, died December 11, 2014. She will be cremated. She was born to Mazana Sanders Goodwin and L.Z. “Red” Goodwin on June 16, 1949. She was a 1967 graduate of C. H. Daniels School. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Sisters, Elmira Williams, Ora Giddings, Bennie Tatum, Blanchey Goodwin; Brothers, Willie Glen Goodwin, Rev. Billy Ray Goodwin. Survivors include, Daughter, Gretta L. Goodwin of Washington, D. C.; Son, Christopher Goodwin (Sharon) of Humble,Texas; Brother, Leonard Goodwin (Wilda) of Houston, Texas; Sisters, Alma Grace of Timpson, Texas, Clara Johnson (Elray) of Houston, Texas, Rose Stephenson of Nacogdoches, Texas, Katherine Reed of Center, Texas, Horacey Hawkins of Morton, Texas.
Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas
Hoyt Kimbro “Pop-a-top”, 79, of Center, died December 16, 2014 in Carthage. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born May 4, 1935 in Waterman to Sebern Kimbro and Avis Renfro Kimbro. He served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Alton Kimbro, Allen Kimbro; Sisters, Shirley Kimbro, Wilma Kimbro. Survivors include, Daughters, Wanda Perkins & husband, Les of Shelbyville, Jennifer Davis & husband, Brad of Carthage; Brother, Kenneth Kimbro of Dayton.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Marilyn Odell Lawson, 94, of Center, died December 13, 2014 in Center. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born May 10, 1920 in Polk County, Arkansas to John D. Miller and Ona Heath Miller.  Survivors include, Daughters, Susan Hagler Huddleston, Martha Greer Lawson; Grandchildren, David Keith Hagler, Robbin E. Cooper.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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